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Fun Frame Staff Training & Support

Training and Tutorials for Fun Frame Staff

  1. Gear Checklist (click for list)
     

  2. Setup Procedure

    1. Location/Space Considerations

      1. Outdoor Events​

    2. Backdrop Setup​

    3. Photo Booth Stand

    4. Mounting the Flash

    5. Running Power

    6. Connecting Cables

    7. Creating a New Event/Loading Template

    8. Camera Settings

      1. Too Bright/Dark

      2. Blurry Images

      3. Orange/Blue Images (White Balance)

    9. Printer

    10. Test

    11. Other DSLRBooth Settings

    12. Green Screen

    13. Animated GIFs, Boomerangs and Video

    14. Prop Table
       

  3. During Event Procedures​

    1. Greeting/Engaging Guests​

    2. Framing the Photo

    3. Prompting the Guests

    4. Printing the Photos

    5. Changing the Printer Ink/Paper

      1. DNP Printers​

      2. Canon Printers

    6. Guestbook
       

  4. Breakdown/Leaving
     

  5. Gallery Upload Procedures
     

  6. Staff Event Report
     

  7. Troubleshooting

    1. Computer Problems​

    2. Camera Issues

    3. Printer Issues

 
 
SETUP
Location and Space Considerations

Before setting anything up, scope out the venue.  The client should have a suitable area to setup prearranged, but it may not always be the best place.  Make sure you have at least 6'x6' of space, but more is preferred.   We prefer to set up against a wall, if possible, but it is not necessary.  If there are lights, windows or other objects which can be seen through the backdrop, please hang a second curtain (plain white or black) behind it to prevent light bleed through the backdrop. 

Think about the traffic flow, where people will line up, set drinks down, pick up props and move into the photo area, put props back and get their prints.  Try to set up in a way that will minimize traffic jams and provide a smooth transition area.  We prefer to have the props table next to the backdrop, if possible.

Check for the power source.  We prefer to plug into the wall directly from our own provided extension cords/power strips.  Long extension cords, insufficient power or bad power strips can cause failure of our equipment.  Try to determine the closest plug and ensure that our extension cords will reach or the venue or client can provide an alternate power source.

We don't want to set up where people will be walking through the entire event.  Watch for blocking passageways or emergency exits.

Outdoor Events

Should your event be an outdoor event, there are additional considerations. The booking information should let you know if it is outdoors.  If it is during the day, we should not be set up in the direct sunlight. We should have a place to set up that is covered, shaded and power provided.  If not, we will just do the best we can.  Camera, flash and white balance settings will need to be adjusted for proper exposure if we don't have a covering. Please see camera settings section for additional information in this regard.  Bring additional sandbags, weights or water jugs to keep the backdrop stands in place, just in case wind becomes an issue.   (Back to The Top)

 
Backdrop Setup

Most of the time, the backdrop will be a sequin curtain.  The stand should be set up keeping the feet somewhat narrow, not fully extended outward, so that guests don't trip over them.  Use 3 bars across, unless limited space dictates otherwise.  If the order says an extra large curtain, then use 4 and be sure to have the extra large curtain.
 

The backdrops have a hole in the top that the poles slide through.  Additional backing curtains can be clipped to the bars once the curtain is on the cross poles.

 

Sequin curtains should be set up so that they have nice, even ripples all the way across, as in the photos above.  Plain white, plain black, or printed backdrops should be pulled tight, soft side facing the camera (not the shiny side) and the creases and wrinkles steamed out. (A steaming iron or hand-held steamer will be provided if you don't have one.)  

The Green Screen should also be pulled tight and even, without ripples.  It's nice if it is steamed or ironed out as well so it looks good, but it is not crucial to the final product.

 

REMEMBER THAT THE BACKDROP IS IN EVERY SINGLE PHOTO SO IT IS IMPORTANT THAT IT LOOKS GOOD!!

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Photo Booth "C" Stand

Contains 2-pieces: the foot and the pole.  Place the pole in the foot and rotate the pole so that the knobs on the pole are facing away from the backdrop.  Tighten the clamp.  Mount the flash facing away from the backdrop and place the umbrella in the umbrella hole on the flash. Extend only the top portion to approximately 6' high.  

The stand should be set up about 5-6 feet from the backdrop if space allows.  More than that and the flash becomes less effective, but it can be set up farther away, especially if you anticipate large groups wanting to take photos together.

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The Flash

We generally use one of two brands of flash.  The Neewer 300w and the Alien Bees B400.  We have a few other types, but all of them are basically the same.  They usually have a cover that covers the bulbs in transport and a "beauty dish" that goes on it.  There are release mechanisms for each to clamp them to the flash.  The Alien Bees flashes have two metal tabs on the top that you squeeze together to release the clamps and the Neewer has a metal latch on the side that pushes back toward the rear of the flash to release the catch, the the cover turns and pulls off.  Do the reverse to put the beauty dish back on, making sure the umbrella hole lines up with the hole on the flash.  The hole is on the TOP on the Alien Bees and on the BOTTOM on the Neewer.  The flash gets mounted to the top of the C Stand above the heads of the guests.  It should be at about 6.5 or 7' tall, angled slightly downward.  (see above photos).  Watch for overhead obstacles such as lighting, ceiling fans, etc.

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The Camera

We use Nikon cameras,the models are on the front of the cameras.  D5100-D5600.  Clamp the camera just above the Sur

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Running Power

We generally use one of two brands of flash.  The Neewer 300w and the Alien Bees B400.  We have a few other types, but all of them are basically the same.  They usually have a cover that covers the bulbs in transport and a "beauty dish" that goes on it.  There are release mechanisms for each to clamp them to the flash.  The Alien Bees flashes have two metal tabs on the top that you squeeze together to release the clamps and the Neewer has a metal latch on the side that pushes back toward the rear of the flash to release the catch, the the cover turns and pulls off.  Do the reverse to put the beauty dish back on, making sure the umbrella hole lines up with the hole on the flash.  The hole is on the TOP on the Alien Bees and on the BOTTOM on the Neewer.  The flash gets mounted to the top of the C Stand above the heads of the guests.  It should be at about 6.5 or 7' tall, angled slightly downward.  (see above photos).  Watch for overhead obstacles such as lighting, ceiling fans, etc.

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